Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard is slated to be the team’s No. 3 running back behind third-year breakout (maybe even make-or-break) candidate Trent Richardson and injury-prone veteran Ahmad Bradshaw, but he might be the team’s most reliable rusher due to Bradshaw’s perennial injury concerns and T-Rich’s lack of consistent production. While he isn’t as talented as either of those backs, Ballard is a solid backup and should vie for carries.
According to ESPN NFL Nation’s Mike Wells, Ballard stated that he’s been cleared for the start of training camp and anticipates being out there on the first day of camp. It’s definitely good news for the Colts, but Ballard was always expected to be cleared. In fact, he should be at around 100% after tearing his ACL in practice before Week 2 last year after rushing for 63 yards on 13 carries against the Oakland Raiders in Week 1.
It’s been a while since that injury transpired, and I don’t expect Ballard to have lost much ability. He was never explosive to begin with, but he’s only 24 and is a solid rusher. We’ll see how many reps he gets in training camp and how he does in what will be an interesting battle at the running back position in Indianapolis.